Stephanie Peters Joins Microsoft

Courtesy of Microsoft | 7/15/2009, 9:12 p.m.

Stephanie Peters is joining Microsoft as director of Federal Government Affairs for the House of Representatives. Peters will lead Microsoft€s efforts in the House to promote policies that are vital to the nation€s economic recovery, including advancing workforce training and expanding healthcare access while reducing costs and improving outcomes through the use of technology.

€We€re delighted that Stephanie is our newest addition to the Microsoft team,€ said Matt Gelman, senior director of Congressional Affairs.

€Through Stephanie€s extensive work with Members of Congress and her exhaustive knowledge of intellectual property, immigration, trade and telecommunication issues, she will be crucial in promoting Microsoft€s commitment to policies that will revitalize the U.S. economy and put our country back on a path for long-term growth.€

Peters joins Microsoft from Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C., where she is a partner. While at Patton Boggs, Peters developed and implemented clients€ legislative strategies before U.S. House and Senate Judiciary, Energy & Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Ways & Means committees on a range of issues, including global corporate responsibility, immigration, intellectual property, and telecommunications.

Her clients included the Recording Industry Association of America, AOL Time Warner and Mars Inc. In addition, Peters devoted a significant portion of her time to pro bono matters, including issues relating to refugees, human rights and global development. For her efforts, she received the Patton Boggs LLP Pro Bono Award in 2002.

Prior to Patton Boggs, Peters served as the Democratic counsel to members of the House Judiciary Committee from 1995-1999 on issues relating to intellectual property rights, the federal courts, immigration and refugee policy, telecommunications and constitutional amendments.

Among other highlights, Peters helped advise members during the impeachment proceedings for former President Bill Clinton, aided in the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, served as the Lead Judiciary Democratic Counsel for floor consideration for 1996 Immigration Reform legislation, and traveled to several foreign countries to assess the U.S. role in care and maintenance of refugees and immigration reform issues.

Before the Judiciary Committee, Peters worked as an attorney and adviser at the Office of General Counsel in the Merit Systems Division of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Before that, she was a law clerk to the Senate Judiciary Committee€s Subcommittee on Technology and the Law.

Peters received her Master of Arts in Political Management from The George Washington University, her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Political Science and Women€s Studies at The Ohio State University. She is a member of the boards of directors of the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Women€s Refugee Commission, and is Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Ohio State University Alumni Association.